Day: December 20, 2007

New Comedy Central Presents debut Jan. 11

Comedy Central has announced that it’s 12th season of Comedy Central Presents — otherwise known as the network’s half-hour stand-up specials — will begin airing in groups of two on Friday, Jan. 11, with Stephen Lynch at 10 p.m. and Dan Cummins at 10:30 p.m. Future Friday-night installments will showcase Jo Koy, Hard N’ Phirm, Eugene Mirman, Leo Allen, Lavell Crawford, Robert Kelly, Bonnie McFarlane, Rich Vos and others, all taped back in August at the Hudson Theatre in New York City. I saw about half of the tapings firsthand and backstage, so be sure to click back here for scouting...

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Missing out on mistletoe, comedy-style

Did you know that if you were to lead your social life solely by Facebook event invitations, that, at least at the end of 2007, still miss out on a ho-ho-whole lot of holiday parties? Tis true this season, anyhow. Completely spaced on the Comix shindig on Monday night because I was, now where was I then, welcoming Liam McEneaney back from his first European comedy tour and then later getting a sneak preview of the second season of Human Giant, coming in spring to MTV. Tuesday brought my friend Shane Mauss down from Boston, and considering he was performing across the street from my Brooklyn abode, I couldn’t well not see him, even if the comedians seemed to outnumber the audience (still laughs were had) and yet that made us late for The Onion’s holiday celebratoriness at Crash Mansion/BLVD. And can I just say, "Mandatory Coat Check?" Actually, could I say that as if I were Greg Johnson saying, "Security in the basement???" Because that’s how it sounded in my head as I was saying, "Mandatory Coat Check????" See how I added a question mark there. Good. Anyhowsitgoing. Too late for live comedy, but in time to take a snapshot of Mauss and Dan Hirshon listening to bands perform songs that seem absolutely connected to New York City audiences. Though upon further review, my snapshot does not convey...

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